Served spicy sausage pasta

How to Make a Great Spicy Sausage Pasta

This might be one of my favorite pasta recipes. Spicy sausage pasta gets its amazing flavor from the chorizo, along with some spices to really complete the palate.

To make spicy sausage pasta, simply fry some chorizo, oven bake tomatoes and boil pasta. Combine with some sauce and enjoy this great recipe!

The dish is super cheap and quick to make, however you have to do quite some steps in parallel so this is definitely a good one to practice time management. Definitely try out this one and be sure to let me know what you think!

Let’s continue on how to make spicy sausage paste

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

Served spicy sausage pasta

Spicy Sausage Pasta

Damian
Very tasty spicy sausage pasta! The sausage implements so much flavor to the pasta, you won't know what to do with it!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 716 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g penne pasta
  • 1 good quality chorizo (~200g)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 600 g vine tomato

Spices

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • a few leaves of Basil
  • 1 tsp Italian herb mix
  • optional sriracha sauce
  • optional chili powder

Instructions
 

  • Collect the ingredients
  • Fry the chorizo
  • Make the sauce and boil pasta
  • Serve
Keyword Spicy Sausage Pasta

What to consider when choosing your ingredients

Like always, the above ingredients list simply show what I picked to use in this spicy sausage pasta. I strongly encourage you to experiment with your own ingredients and actually learn how to cook and make choices yourself while doing so. If you are not interested in the background of picking ingredients, skip this part.

Starting off with the pasta and the chorizo, very essential and highly influencing the outcome of your dish. Be sure to pick a nice pasta to your liking and definitely go for a high quality chorizo!

Of course you can also pick budget ingredients to compromise on quality but if you do so, be sure to focus on the taste and compare it to whenever you do get the chance to taste higher quality ingredients.

The garlic and red onion are simply a way to boost the volume and structure of the dish while also adding some great taste! I rarely cook without garlic and onion as a base for flavor.

In this case it also holds for the tomatoes, but if you want you can try to swap this one out or add another one of your favorite vegetables! The vine tomatoes in this case do add a great visual effect by putting them in the oven, also the tomato and pasta are just an incredible duo for any recipe.

Spices

Now to my favorite part, the spices! Always be sure to experiment with these a lot, buy spices you don’t know and try them out! Spices are a very cheap way to add flavor to you dish and they are conserved for a long time.

I used (of course) my homemade chili powder, for which the recipe you can find here, to spice up the dish even more then the chorizo does. In my opinion the chorizo normally isn’t too spicy for my liking. However the chili powder is optional, along with the sriracha sauce as it depends on your personal flavor when it comes to spicy food.

The salt, pepper and Italian herb mix I only used for the oven baked tomatoes, since the sauce really doesn’t need to be boosted in flavor. The tomatoes do really benefit from some salt, pepper and olive oil. As a side dish they really offer a nice fresh and light flavor as the sauce itself can be quite heavy in flavor.

I held back on the salt in the sauce as the sausage generally is quite salty already and high salt content is not too great for health, add salt if you’re using a sausage that is low in salt content!

The heavy spicy flavor of the recipe is countered by the tomato side dish, works really well! Always look for the sweet spot between freshness and spiciness. Do this to your own liking by tasting a lot and adding spices accordingly.

In addition, you can add spices to your liking and try them out. I always recommend smoked paprika powder but that is simply one of my favorites, I left them out of this spicy sausage pasta just to change it up a little and see if I would notice it in taste.

Step 2: Chop the ingredients

Start by pre-heating the oven to 200C and bring a cooking pot filled with water to a boil or use a kettle to save time.

Add the vine tomatoes in an oven save dish once the oven is hot, they should be ready after about 25 minutes. 20 minutes in add the olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian herb mix. Doing this from the start might burn the herbs.

Once the water is boiling, add quite some salt and olive oil to the water and add the pasta, stir regularly. The pasta is cooked al dente a minute or two before indicated on the packaging but be sure to check before removing the cooking water!

In parallel, chop the sausage in bite size pieces, whole circles worked in my case as the sausage wasn’t to large in diameter.

Add a cooking pan to medium-high heat and cook the sausage until a crispy look is present (don’t use any oil). You just want to add a crunchy bite to the sausage and let it release it’s fat. In parallel to cooking the sausage chop the onion and garlic finely (or use a garlic press).

Chopped chorizo
Chopped onion

Step 3: Make the sauce and boil the pasta

Now, you will probably be able to remove your sausage from your cooking pan and leaving the grease in the pan! Leave the sausage on a plate covered with kitchen paper and continue making your sauce. The paper towel will soak up the grease and make the sausage even more crispy.

Cooked sausage
Cooked sausage drained

Put the cooking pan back on medium-high heat and add the onion and garlic immediately.  Cook for a few minutes and add the spices. Lower the heat if needed.

Cooked garlic and onion

Step 4: Serve the spicy sausage paste

Once the pasta is cooked al dente, add some of the boiling water to the sauce and remove the rest. With the heat on low, add the pasta to the cooking pan and stir well.

Add back the chorizo and stir. Have a taste and find out if you want to add more spices! Always taste to start developing a palate and experience in spicing your dishes.

Remove the tomatoes from the oven if you haven’t done so already and serve the pasta in a bowl with the tomatoes on top, garnish with some leaves of basil or another green to your liking.

Oven baked tomatoes

Enjoy this spicy sausage pasta and let me know what you think! Good luck cooking!

If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out my other spicy dishes!

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